Helen is calling on local residents to vote for our local park ranger, Alan Anderson, who has been shortlisted for this year’s Tourism Superstar award, run by VisitEngland and supported by the Daily Mirror.
Alan has been a park ranger at Auckland Castle for more than 17 years and still works tirelessly to maintain its deer park and gardens to the highest possible standards. Alan unlocks the park daily at 5am – even on Christmas Day – and is out come rain, snow or shine maintaining 200 acres of ancient parkland and woodland and enhancing the natural habitat of the local wildlife. In addition to his day-to-day responsibilities Alan works with students from local schools who are at risk of being expelled, mentoring them and teaching them about the park and its wildlife. This work has been so successful that one of the students is now hoping to become an apprentice at Auckland Castle. Alan is a truly warm and engaging person and is a real treasure of the Castle. Full of knowledge, passion, enthusiasm and dedication, he is always happy to lend a hand and has become a firm favourite for many visitors.
To find out more about Alan visit Auckland Castle.
The public vote is now live on the Mirror’s website and will remain so until the end of March, with the winner to be announced during VisitEngland’s English Tourism Week (25 March-2 April).
(The photograph of Alan was taken from the Auckland Castle website)